Bentota villas in West Coast, Sri Lanka

Bentota’s sandy beaches, extensive lagoon and water sports activities have made this resort one of the most famous on the west coast. Upmarket hotels popular with package tourists fringe the beach and stretch along a dramatic sandbar washed on both sides by water; that of the Indian Ocean and the Bentota Lagoon. Jet skis whizz atop the tranquil waters of the lagoon dodging windsurfers and kayakers as well as speedboats pulling jet skiers, wake boarders and inflatables topped with soaked sun seekers. Many diving companies also operate from Bentota during the west coast season (November to April) whilst boatmen offer eco-adventures further up river. The best beaches are south of Bentota towards Induruwa where the crowds barely reach and where the best food can be found in the restaurants of a growing number of beautiful boutique hotels. Inland from Bentota the scene is engulfed by paddy fields, palm jungle, waterways and the odd hillock, which is often topped by a bright white Buddhist dagoba. Two very special gardens are to be found in Bentota’s hinterland, both of which belong to the late Bawa brothers; Bevis, the artist and Geoffrey, the architect extraordinaire. Bevis’ Brief Garden is at Kalowila and comprises intimate walled gardens plus a very special collection of art, whilst Geoffrey’s Lunuganga is a much bigger and more spacious Italianate garden with views to die for. Connections to Colombo and Galle can be made from Aluthgama train station, which is just a couple of kilometres north of Bentota. Here banks with ATMs, bakeries and pharmacies can also be found.

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Hill Country, North West Coast, South Coast, West Coast

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Apsara
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Apsara
Bedrooms : 3       Sleeps : 6
Rate starts at TBA

Set on the banks of the shimmering Bentota River, Apsara is a beautifully finished 3-bedroom villa just five-minutes from the beach. An excellent staff team plus top chef attend to all your needs so you can relax by the pool, savour the aquatic views and enjoy the villa’s luxurious facilities.

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Sri Villas - Araliya (Villa Three)
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Sri Villas - Araliya (Villa Three)
Bedrooms : 4       Sleeps : 6-8*
Rate starts at TBA

The largest of Sri Villas’ trio of contemporary beachside holiday homes that share a big, sunset-view swimming pool and tropical garden, 4-bedroomed Araliya is fully-staffed and great for one or two families. If booked in conjunction with its two neighbouring villas it’s also an excellent choice for extended groups.

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Sri Villas - Nisala (Villa Two)
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Sri Villas - Nisala (Villa Two)
Bedrooms : 2       Sleeps : 4
Rate starts at TBA

Nisala shares a big pool and beachfront garden plus spectacular sunset views with its sister Sri Villa properties. Fully-staffed, it has expansive living and dining space plus two serene sea-view suites. A great family holiday home or, if all three villas are booked together, an excellent choice for extended groups.

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Sri Villas - Sagara (Villa One)
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Sri Villas - Sagara (Villa One)
Bedrooms : 3       Sleeps : 6
Rate starts at TBA

Out of Sri Villas’ trio of contemporary beachside holiday homes that share a large pool, tropical garden and spectacular sunset views, fully-staffed Sagara is the most suitable for couples and friends. If booked in conjunction with the other two villas it is also an excellent choice for larger groups.

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Sri Villas
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Sri Villas
Bedrooms : 9       Sleeps : 16-18*
Rate starts at TBA

Sri Villas, a fully-staffed trio of boutique seaside properties, share a tropical garden, a large swimming pool and direct beach access. Sleeping 18 in total, these villas are perfect for large groups and for entertaining. Each is fully self-contained with its own living areas, dining space and kitchen.

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Villa Republic Bentota
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Villa Republic Bentota
Bedrooms : 5       Sleeps : 10
Rate starts at TBA

This 5-bedroom riverside villa in the west coast water sports resort of Bentota celebrates cultural revolutionaries in both name and décor. Furnished with striking oriental pieces set within elegant open-plan living areas, this staffed family friendly villa with swimming pool, garden and private jetty is five minutes from the beach.

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Aluthgama Wood Carving Centre
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 25/3 River Side Ave, Aluthgama   Tel No. : +94 34 4936501
Wood carving shop with lots of fishermen statues, sculpted elephants and masks. There is an attached workshop where you can see the wood craftsmen in action.

Azmaara Spa
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Bentota Beach Hotel, Bentota   Tel No. : +94 34 2275178 (ext. 457)
This spa with branches in hotels in Colombo, Bentota and the Maldives offers a number of rejuvenating therapies from massages, wraps and scrubs to beauty treatments including facials, manicures and pedicures.

Bentota Lagoon Fishing
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Malu Banna, 15/3 River Ave, Aluthgama   Tel No. : +94 777117400
This alternative to deep sea fishing, especially during May to October when the rough seas are off limits, also offers glimpses of riverine scenery. Boats are fully equipped, and fish to be caught include mangrove jack, snapper, cat fish and mullet.

Bentota River Safari
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Malu Banna, 15/3 River Ave, Aluthgama   Tel No. : +94 777117400
Head off down the Bentota River to see crocodiles, monitor lizards, bird of prey, kingfishers and giant fruit bats. Trips include a journey through a beautiful mangrove swamp.

Bentota Village Bicycle Tour
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Malu Banna, 15/3 River Ave, Aluthgama.    Tel No. : +94 777117400
Head into Bentota village to explore this rural inland hinterland. You can visit a Buddhist temple and also stop off at Lunuganga for tea. Guided tours are organised through Malu Banna, but they also provide bicycles for hire should you like to explore on your own.

Coastal Snorkelling Cruise
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Malu Banna, 15/3 River Ave, Aluthgama   Tel No. : +94 777117400
Head to Induruwa Reef and Handharian Gala (rock) accompanied by a trained scuba diving instructor. All equipment is provided and the boat trip affords for stunning coastal views.

Deep Sea Fishing
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Malu Banna, 15/3 River Ave, Aluthgama   Tel No. : 94 777117400
Catch your own fish for dinner; the sea teems with jackfish, barracuda, tuna, red snappers, wahoo, kingfish and sailfish! Head out deep sea fishing on a fully-equipped boat with GPS, life jackets and a toilet. Trips run for four hours and depart at either 6am or 2pm.

Diya Sisila
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Elpitiya Road, Bentota   Tel No. : +94 777 402138
Cute little terrace restaurant with over water dining huts beside the Dedduwa Lake, 3km from Bentota and on the road to Lunuganga. Orders are taken the day before as all seafood is bought and cooked fresh. Rice and curry is also on the menu though they don’t sell alcohol so you must bring your own

Escoffier
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 359, Galle Rd, Warahena, Bentota   Tel No. : +94 34 5625425
Next to Silk Route, this restaurant beside the Galle Road 3km south of Bentota has air-conditioned seating inside and on the terrace, fan-cooled tables. The menu has an international theme with a focus on grilled meats, fish and seafood.

Handicrafts Bazaar
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : National Holiday Resorts Complex (behind the Golden Grill), Bentota
This little market has a few shops selling a range of souvenirs including wood carvings, sarongs, beach clothing, postcards, spices and other touristy souvenirs.

Induruwa Beach
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Induruwa – 3km south of Bentota
South of Bentota, Induruwa Beach is wide and very pretty, and thanks to an offshore reef swimming is safer here than many other west coast spots between October and April.

Lunuganga
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Dedduwa Lake, Bentota   Tel No. : +94 773655865
This, legendary architect Geoffrey Bawa’s spectacular estate inland from Bentota, provides the most stunning setting for lunch or high tea, both of which must be pre-arranged. Enjoy rice and curry spreads or pick from a selective menu of a la carte meals.

Lunuganga
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Dedduwa Lake, Bentota (6km inland from Bentota via Dedduwa Junction).    Tel No. : +94 773655865
This magnificent 23-hectare estate was the residence of the late architect Geoffrey Bawa. Comprising a beautifully renovated old house, a number of gorgeously-positioned buildings and intertwining terraces designed to overlook the gardens and frame the views; this garden is a true inspiration. Tours are best culminated with a delicious rice and curry lunch or high tea.

Malli’s Seafood Restaurant
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Pitaramba, Bentota   Tel No. : +94 7785 14894
Little first floor restaurant beside the railway track and opposite The Surf Hotel serving excellent seafood in simplistic though sophisticated surroundings. Downstairs are a number of little shops selling souvenirs, crafts and sarongs.

Mirissa Whale Watching
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Malu Banna, 15/3 River Ave, Aluthgama   Tel No. : +94 777117400
Malu Banna offer whale watching trips with transport included from Bentota, with pickups available at villas south down the coast to Ambalangoda, or further up north towards Beruwala (max 5km). The transfers take 2 hours each way, and the whale watching boats depart at 7am and 2pm daily.

Paradise Road
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : The Villa, Mohotti Walauwa, 138/8 – 138/22 Galle Road, Bentota   Tel No. : +94 34 2275311
Tiny outlet of a beloved Colombo institution where you can pick up decorative design pieces, scented candles, leather-bound diaries and deliciously fragranced ayurvedic toiletries.

Sahana Spa
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Saman Villas, Aturuwella, Bentota   Tel No. : +94342275435
A beautifully laid out luxury spa; treatments are carried out in private suites with sauna, steam shower, jacuzzi, flower bath, treatment room, dining pavilion and relaxing pavilion, and range from skin treats, facials, scrubs and wraps to ayurvedic treatments, hot stone massages and reflexology.

Saman Villas
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Aturuwella, Bentota   Tel No. : +94 34 2275435
Beautifully positioned restaurant and bar on a rocky promontory with spectacular views of the northern and southern coastline as well as the sea. The food is some of the most expensive in Bentota, but it’s good and there’s lots to pick from on the menu.

Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Galle Rd, Bentota South (250m south of Escoffier restaurant).
Identify Sri Lanka’s five species of endangered marine turtle in tanks, along with hatchlings and buried mounds of eggs that are safely protected until the babies are ready to emerge.

Silk Route
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : 357, Galle Rd, Warahena, Bentota    Tel No. : +94 34 4947947
Roadside restaurant 3km south of Bentota (next to Escoffier) serving dishes from each country on the Silk Route ranging from Moroccan couscous and Turkish kebabs to Thai curries and Indonesian mee goreng

Singharaja
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Galle Rd, Aluthgama
Sri Lankan short eats – filled bread snacks, savoury pastries and sweet snacks – are found on the ground floor whilst upstairs Sri Lankan buffets are put on for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Very reasonably priced and perfect for a quick bite to eat.

The Villa Cafe
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Mohotti Walauwa, 138/8 – 138/22 Galle Rd, Bentota.    Tel No. : +94 34 2275311
This restaurant within a beautiful boutique hotel serves up an exciting International menu of dishes sourced from their famed Gallery Café restaurant in Colombo. Seafood is a speciality (for platters order 24 hours before), there’s a wood-fired pizza oven and desserts are numerous.

Water Sports
Bentota, West Coast, Sri Lanka
Address : Sunshine Water Sports Centre, River Ave, Aluthgama
Go windsurfing (VDWS courses available with ex-Sri Lankan champion), surfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, body boarding, banana boating, tube riding, jet-skiing and deep sea fishing with one of the most established water sports operators in Bentota.

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